Startup founder errors to avoid: not checking job candidates’ references

From Nine common things that start-up founders tend to underestimate or overestimate by Boris Wertz:

I’m always surprised at how often people still get hired without extensive reference checks. When you’ve got a good feeling about someone, it’s tempting to just move ahead without any kind of due diligence. But informal reference checks can be very revealing, particularly if you can talk to people that weren’t provided by the candidate, but know him or her very well.

Notes:
(1) “People still get hired without extensive reference checks” — perhaps because “by the time the hiring manager is calling she is often already pre-disposed to hiring the candidate”. See The goal of checking a job candidate’s references.
(2) Re. “informal reference checks can be very revealing, particularly if you can talk to people that weren’t provided by the candidate” — see How do to reference checks: Mark Suster.

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